‘Backtracking Never A Good Policy,’ Experts Comment As India’s Finance Minister Hints At Banning Cryptos

‘Backtracking Never A Good Policy,’ Experts Comment As India’s Finance Minister Hints At Banning Cryptos

My additional comments:

Stating this upfront is a good strategy. I believe FM Sitaraman is giving a warning to all that if cryptocurrencies become too out of hand, there is a chance to revise the regulations. I do not see this as bad backtracking. If you looked at it from FM’s perspective, if crypto becomes very successfully and they felt that the market is receptive, open and ready for this new digital currency, there might also be other possible incentives that can be introduced. Reducing from 30% to 10% is not backtracking right?

In my opinion, the revision is reasonable and it is an act to protect the India market.  The digital rupee is not an easy task for India. India is a big economy and may need to exercise more control over its currency before adopting it to its fullest scale. Potential security issues can be a problem at the start and I urge experts to look deeper into the direct and indirect costs potentially linked to the implementation so as to allow them to drive innovation to the peak.

 

‘Backtracking Never A Good Policy,’ Experts Comment As India’s Finance Minister Hints At Banning Cryptos

KEY POINTS

  • India might ban cryptos even after taxation
  • India to tax cryptos at 30%
  • Industry seeks clarity on new announcements
  • ‘Backtracking never a good policy’ says expert

Conflicting signals from the Indian government on the legitimacy of cryptocurrency has not gone down well with the industry. International Business Times spoke to several experts to gauge the sunrise sector’s mood and all of them asked for just one thing – clear directions from the top.

The federal budget for the year beginning April seemed to chart out a path when it imposed a 30% tax on cryptocurrencies. A few days later, however, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she could still ban the cryptos later. Industry insiders believe that backtracking is not a good policy especially for a big economy like India.

In a recent interview to The Economic Times, Sitharaman said, “Banning or not banning will come subsequently when the consultations give me inputs. But would you say till then I do not even tax the huge profits being transacted? I will. Legitimate or not legitimate is a different question, taxing is completely my prerogative.”

Raj Kapoor, founder of India Blockchain Alliance and Chief Growth Officer at Chainsense, said, “Backtracking is never a good policy and I feel the statement should be viewed as a statement where we have taken a baby step forward but the steps and strides seem miles away.” Kapoor believes that the announcements made in the federal budget about cryptos have a lot of grey areas that needs to be addressed.

“When we say ‘ban’ crypto currencies what exactly do we ban? What are the permissible exemptions? Do we permit crypto currencies to make in platform payments the largest exemption issue? What is the manner you permit purchase of exempted cryptocurrencies for exempted use by sovereign currencies? Questions galore, solutions in the grey,” he told International Business Times.

Shivam Thakral, chief executive officer of Indian exchange BuyUcoin, believes that the finance minister might be referring to a “worst-case scenario like when most (Financial Action Task Force) member-countries decide to ban crypto.”

“There’s also a burgeoning concern among global regulatory watchdogs that crypto can have an adverse impact on economic stability in countries like India. We’re really optimistic that the government of India will address these concerns and bring in a strong regulatory framework to tackle all these issues to become global leaders in crypto & blockchain industry,” Thakral told International Business Times.

On the other hand, Anndy Lian, chairman of BigONE Exchange, believes that stating upfront that the government might ban cryptos later is a “good strategy.”

“I believe FM Sitaraman is giving a warning to all that if cryptocurrencies become too out of hand, there is a chance to revise the regulations. In my opinion, the revision is reasonable and it is an act to protect the Indian market,” Lian told International Business Times.

India has decided to introduce a 30% tax on cryptos and plans to work on a digital rupee backed by blockchain beginning the financial year starting April.

“The quantum of taxation is something that is discouraging.  Also, specific sections regarding TDS are still confusing. This might act as a dampener for greater adoption,” Gupta told International Business Times.

“We must remember this is just the beginning of the larger process of adoption, multiple discussions are needed to come up with better systems or processes. But we are very hopeful that right actions will be taken,” he said.

 

 

Original Source: https://www.ibtimes.com/backtracking-never-good-policy-experts-comment-indias-finance-minister-hints-banning-3391556

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian Emphasizes: “Digitalization has struck every government as a priority never before.” at Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020

Anndy Lian Emphasizes: “Digitalization has struck every government as a priority never before.” at Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020

Anndy Lian and a panel of experts spoke on “Digital Transformation and Innovation: What’s New for Governments and Businesses” at the Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020. This session is timely as COVID19 has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, decision-makers who were reluctant to adopt and adapt have harnessed technology innovation to keep their companies afloat, and governments are relying on digital solutions to respond quickly to the global crisis.

Digitalization has become essential and has brought up its real purpose in such times. According to ASME-Microsoft study 2020, 83% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore now have digital transformation strategies. More than half (54%) reported delays in their digitalization plans due to COVID-19. Also, despite higher digital transformation adoption, only two in five SMEs perceive their efforts to be successful. This study also coincides with what Olga Yaroshevsky, the moderator of this panel, has mentioned in global trends that only 30% of digital projects implemented have exceeded its target value.

“This is not alarming, and this trend has happened long before the COVID19 times. Governments and associations are trying hard to push the technology agenda into businesses. Legacy is not the main issue. It is an excuse. I think human interference is a bigger deferral for the adoption of new technology. “Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member, Hyundai DAC Technology commented.

Lian added: “Whenever there is a new technology in place such as negativity, I do see much negativity that comes along with it. People do not see the positive aspects of things on such innovation. Many are too relying on government grants, which is a big disadvantage, for example. Take Singapore, for example. In the past decade, companies took advantage of the grants, but the result is that most of them stopped using it after the claims were made. This is mainly because of their mindset, and their starting point when obtaining the grant is not with the correct intention and purpose. For innovation to grow, it has to be a win-win for everybody, companies need to have the right mindset, and a good push from the government will kick start innovation in a much better manner.”

Dr. Toa Charm, Chairman, OpenCertHub & Associate, and Professor, CUHK Business School, agreed with Anndy’s point. “The subsidy is helpful but not sustainable. Companies must appreciate the digital transformation culture and appreciate the digital transformation. In the times of COVID19, governments have placed additional subsidies and grants to SMEs and different programs, but this is only for a short period and may not be sustainable. We have to make it closer to what the companies are doing, embedding the technology in our daily lives seamlessly.”

Last but not least, Anndy emphasized, “Digitalization has struck every government as a priority never before. The move into digital with AI, big data, automation, blockchain & cryptocurrencies will stay with us for a long time.”

This session consists of Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member, Hyundai DAC Technology, Dr. Ernie Teo, Vice-Chairman, Blockchain Association Singapore, Mohammad Sear, Associate Partner, Digital Government & Public Sector Advisory, EY, Dr. Toa Charm, Chairman, OpenCertHub & Associate and Professor, CUHK Business School and moderated by Olga Yaroshevsky, NexChange Group. The panelists have also shared their insights on the subject matter, and the full recording can be found online at https://youtu.be/3aYJD6hkhKs.

Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020, hosted by NexChange and led by their Chairman Juwan Lee delivers specialist content and expert discussions directly from industry leaders who are building the future of blockchain technology and digital assets. Professionals from all parts of the ecosystem, including investors, government, start-ups, and enterprises, come together for deep learning, robust discussions, and high-impact networking. This is the largest blockchain virtual event in Hong Kong will see the global blockchain community converge to discuss the latest developments and insights into the evolving, real-world applications of blockchain technology in finance, investment, enterprise, socially essential projects, and the global payment industry.

About Anndy Lian:
Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur known for his work in the government sector. He is a best-selling book author, “Blockchain Revolution 2030” and currently the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology. He plays a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, the Government of Republic Korea with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com.

About Hong Kong Blockchain Week:
Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020, 17-19 November, delivers specialist content and expert discussions directly from industry leaders who are building the future of blockchain technology and digital assets. Professionals from all parts of the ecosystem, including investors, government, start-ups, and enterprises, come together for deep learning, robust discussions, and high-impact networking. High profile speakers such as Dr. David Chung JP, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong; Dan Morehead, CEO & CO-CIO, Pantera Capital; Justin Sun, Founder, TRON & CEO, BITTORRENT; Roger Ver, Founder of BITCOIN.COM and Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK & Founder of CARDANO were present

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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